How Pain and Suffering Damages Are Calculated by NJ Courts

By Ursula MannixAuto Accident

Pain and suffering damages would not reflect in your doctor’s bills unlike the economic damages you may suffer after an accident. In the same way, your wage statements wouldn’t show your reduced earnings. If you are injured by another person’s negligence, the mental anguish, emotional distress, and physical pain you experience are a significant component of your compensation. The NJ …

Is New York a No-Fault State?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

New York is one of twelve states that apply no-fault liability rules to auto accidents. Under those rules, a motorist’s own insurance covers his or her injuries, regardless of who caused the accident. In certain circumstances, no-fault insurance precludes the need to sue an at-fault driver to recover compensation for injuries. When those injuries are significant, however, a car accident …

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident in New Jersey?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

Hit-and-run accidents are an unfortunate reality in New Jersey. Some drivers leave the scene of a crash without realizing they were in an accident. Others are concerned about the possibility of an arrest or civil liability for an accident they cannot afford because they can be fined up to $5,000 and spend up to 180 days in jail. However, you …

What should you do if you hit an animal in New Jersey?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

If you hit an animal in New Jersey with your car, you should immediately stop. Then ascertain the extent of the animal’s injuries and report the accident to the nearest police station or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You are required to follow this course of action by the applicable New Jersey statute. If this has …

What Is a Soft Tissue Injury in a Car Accident?

By adminAuto Accident

A soft tissue injury is any injury that affects the soft tissue in your body versus the hard tissue and bones. These types of injuries include bruises, sprains, and muscle contusions. Soft tissue injuries can be just as debilitating as hard-tissue injuries, though they may be more difficult to diagnose and prove as part of a car accident lawsuit. If …

What Is No Fault Insurance in New Jersey?

By adminAuto Accident

New Jersey is one of twelve states that have no-fault car insurance laws under which the driver’s own insurance coverage reimburses his or her medical bills after an accident, regardless of who caused the accident. Most New Jersey drivers carry no fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance that covers at least $15,000 of an injured party’s medical costs. Unlike all …

What Happens if I’m in an Accident in a Taxi?

By adminAuto Accident

Traffic in the New York metropolitan area is always dense, so it’s no surprise that the number of accidents is typically higher than in most other U.S. cities. Taxis and other for-hire car services comprise a major portion of New York traffic. If you are injured in a taxi collision, either as a passenger or in another vehicle, understanding the …

Can You Get PTSD from a Car Accident?

By adminAuto Accident

Not everyone is susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a serious car accident. However, the fact remains that exposure to a traumatic event that threatens your life can cause PTSD symptoms that may last for months or years after the event. In fact, psychological symptoms may be more debilitating than physical injuries. At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P. C., …

Can I Sue a Business if Their Employee Injured Me in a Car Accident in New Jersey?

By adminAuto Accident

A business may be directly or vicariously liable for injuries caused by a negligent employee. However, they would have to be performing tasks within the scope of their job when the accident occurred. If they negligently caused a car accident while working under the employer’s direction– individuals injured in the accident can sue the employer to recover their damages. At …

Can I Get Punitive Damages After a Car Accident in New Jersey?

By adminAuto Accident

New Jersey law allows punitive damages against parties who exhibit egregious or intentionally harmful behavior that justifies penalizing them. However, negligence in a car accident case rarely rises to this level of conduct. Therefore, in all likelihood, you will not be awarded punitive damages after your accident. Even without the possibility of recovering punitive damages in a personal injury lawsuit, …